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Order No. 971 on import of food with special restrictions and on penal provisions for the violation of various EU laws.

Type of law

This Order applies to imports into Denmark and imports via Denmark to another country commercial food, which is subject to particular restrictions. The Order does NOT apply to non-food of animal origin imported from other EU Member States and released for free circulation as listed in Section IV. If these are freely circulating in Denmark, provisions of regulations for certain contaminants in foodstuffs and the relevant EU legislation in this area shall apply. Regarding imports of food of animal origin, the provisions of this Order shall be implemented in conjunction with regulations pertaining veterinary inspections on imports of food of animal origin and criminal penalties for violation of the related EU legislation. Certain food is not eligible for import in Denmark, however these restrictions are revoked in cases pest and disease tests on the imported commodities have been carried out by approved laboratories and resulting harmless to human health. The following is subject to said control testing: mussels or living fish and mussels transported in water from Albania for Cholera (Chapter 3) for histamine on Scombridae, Clupeidae, Coryfenidae, Pomatomidae and Scombresosidae (Chapter 4). Crustaceans from Bangladesh for chloramphenicol, metabolites of nitrofurans, tetracycline, malachite green and crystal violet (Chapter 5), for classic swine pest in meat from Bulgaria (Chapter 6) and mouth and foot disease (Chapter 7). It is forbidden to import fish products from the Republic of Guinea (Chapter 8), aquaculture products from India if not tested for pests, particularly for chloramphenicol, metabolites of nitrofurans, tetracycline, malachite green and crystal violet (Chapter 9), for aflatoxins and pentachlorophenol (Chapter 31) and pesticides (Chapter 32), for African swine pest originating from Italy (Chapters 10), for melamine in milk- and soya-based food, animal food originating from fish and aquaculture products, non-EU approved and GMO commodities from China (Chapters 12-14, 34-35), for classic swine pest from Croatia (Chapter 15), for African and classical swine pest from Latvia (Chapters 16-17), African swine pest from Lithuania (Chapter 18). Danish Veterinary and Food Administration lays down the procedures for measures taken pursuant to hormones found in meat and meat products (Mexico, Chapter 19) and related to the documentation submitted at border inspection posts for the authorization of its import. For chloramphenicol from Myanmar (Chapter 20), for hepatitis A from Peru (Chapter 21), for African swine pest from Poland (Chapter 22), for classic swine pest from Romania (Chapter 23), avian influenza, subtype H5N1 from Switzerland (Chapter 24), for antimicrobial substances, nitrofurans and their metabolites from Thailand (Chapter 25), Escherichia coli and marine biotoxins from Turkey (Chapter 26), for salmonella from Bangladesh (Chapter 29), for ochratoxin from Canada (Chapter 30). Radioactive substances from Japan and other third countries (Chapter 11, 33), for aflatoxins from USA (Chapters 36) and other third countries for aflatoxins, pathogens and radioactivity in food and various other contaminants (Chapters 37-40). Penalties for non-compliance with the Order s provisions are listed under Chapter 41.
The Order consists of 42 Chapters distributed in V Sections, and 1 Appendix: Scope and definitions (I); Food of animal origin single restrictions (II); Non-animal food prior notification and rules related to undisclosed parties (III); Non-animal food single restrictions (IV); Penalties and entry into force provisions (V).
Appendix 1 - Border inspection posts for composite foods containing milk, milk products, soya or soya products originating from China.
Date of text
Entry into force notes
7 September 2014.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse om indf rsel af f devarer med s rlige restriktioner og om straffebestemmelser for overtr delse af diverse EU-retsakter.